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Posts Tagged ‘Todd Vogt’

Report: Bay Area Media Mogul Set to Add Non-Controlling Interest in GLBT Weekly

In case you hadn’t noticed, a fascinating newspaper rivalry has teed up in San Francisco. One that is about to become even more clearly, solidly delineated.

As we recently reported, Hearst has enlisted a couple of major execs  to try and re-invigorate San Francisco Chronicle print-digital operations. The daily will be vying for readers alongside a range of properties controlled by Todd Vogt‘s San Francisco Newspaper Company.

This morning, SF Appeal reporter Max A. Cherney updates a recent announcement that Vogt is about to add a stake in the Bay Area Reporter, a 42-year-old LGBT-focused print weekly. From Cherney’s report:

In a letter of intent, inked in April, Vogt and SFNC CFO Patrick Brown made clear their plan to acquire a minority stake in the Bay Area Reporter – independently of the SFNC.

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Report: Sale of SF Weekly to Be Announced Today

Just before Christmas, we told you about the imminent expected announcement by Canadian-born media mogul Todd Vogt of another Bay Area acquisition. But the trail went cold into the holidays, perhaps because CPAs and due-diligence folks have a right to a Christmas break just as much as the next person.

Following a weekend item in the San Francisco Appeal about the opinions of Phil Bronstein and Clint Reilly regarding another possible Vogt transaction, Appeal publisher-editor Eve Batey this morning has the scoop:

A source close to the deal tells The Appeal that the sale of Voice Media Group’s Weekly to the San Francisco Newspaper Company, a consortium including “co-owner, president & publisher, The San Francisco Examiner & Bay Guardian” Vogt and the CEO of Canadian newspaper company Black Press, will be announced this morning…

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SF Newspaper Company Set to Announce Next Bay Area Acquisition

Max Cherney, a contributor to online newspaper The San Francisco Appeal, had an interesting email exchange this week with Todd Vogt (pictured). The owner of the Bay Area’s Examiner and Bay Guardian newspapers confirmed he’s about to announce local acquisition number three.

Vogt indicated the news was to be shared by the end of today. The reporter was unable however to get any on-the-record comment from reps for the East Bay Express and Village Voice Media’s SF Weekly, two most likely targets of The SF Newspaper Company exec. From Cherney’s December 20 item:

“The new property will be highly complimentary to The Examiner and the Guardian,” Vogt wrote. “It will give us, by far, the greatest readership, reach and audience in the Bay Area, effectively covering every demographic in every corner of The City.”

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